My husband & I received a nice set of butcher block knives for our wedding. I love having them out on the counter for easy dinner prep and aesthetics, but lately they have been hidden away in a laundry room closet. Why are they tucked away, you ask….because my 2 year old has learned to climb on the counters so everything has to be hidden. She also likes to hide the television remote in the baker’s rack… Needless to say, I wanted my kitchen back from the reign of Q2. I definitely needed a baby gate, but I couldn’t bring myself to spend ~$100 for one that she would tear down or climb over within the first month of use. Instead of purchasing a baby gate, I found some extra 2x4s and got to work on this simple, rustic, farmhouse style DIY baby gate!
Building a Simple, Rustic, Farmhouse Style DIY Baby Gate
This tutorial makes a 3′ tall & 3′ wide baby gate. Adjust measurements to fit your door frame.
Materials & Tools Needed to Build a DIY Baby Gate
- 3- 2x4x12′ or 1x4x12′ boards… I used 2×4 boards because I wanted this gate to be super strong and I like a thicker look. 1x4s are fine to use as well.
- 28- Deck Screws
- 2- 3.5″ door hinges
- 1- gate latch
- Cardboard or Drop Cloth
- Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner
- Stain of Choice- I used Minwax Dark Walnut and Minwax Classic Gray
Watch the DIY baby gate video tutorial here!
How to Build A DIY Baby Gate
1 . Cut
Lay two of these cut boards parallel to each other 3′ apart. Arrange the rest of the 3′ cut boards vertically 2″ apart on top of the 2 horizontal boards. You will want the top & bottom of the vertical boards to be flush with the horizontal boards.
3. Connect & Secure
In hindsight, I wish I would have placed a 2×4 or 1×4 across the top to give it a little more farmhouse flare…maybe I will add that on later.
4. Sand & Stain
You will want to place something underneath the gate to keep your stain from leaking onto your floor, porch, or whatever surface you are working on. I used old pizza boxes to protect my porch from the stain, you could also use a drop cloth, tarp, old sheet, etc for this.
Now you can condition the wood with a pre-stain. I used Minwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner. After the pre-stain has set and the excess has been wiped away, you can stain your DIY baby gate. I wanted a darker farmhouse finish so I used Minwax Dark Walnut with an overlay of Minwax Classic Gray. After each coat, you should use an old rag to wipe away any excess so you stain doesn’t turn out thick and goopy.
5. Attach Hinges & Latch
After the stain has completely set and dried, you can attach the 3.5″ hinges to the wall using the package directions. Make sure that you leave a small space between the gate and the floor so that it can swing without getting caught.
Congrats!! You are all finished with your Farmhouse Style DIY Baby Gate!
**DIY Baby Gate Update**
I have been using this baby gate for over 2 years now and it is holding up just as good as new! The child that I built this for is now 4 years old and I have another 2 year old running around with another baby due any day. I am expecting this DIY baby gate to last through our last bit of the toddler years (another 3-4 years from now).
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